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PTA Faculty and Staff

Cameron (Cam) Williams, P.T. , D.P.T.,  M.S.

Dean, College of Health Sciences; Chair & Professor, Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Cam has been a lifetime resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Northern Illinois University in 1990, a  Masters Degree in Community Healthcare Administration from California College for Health Sciences in 2003, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 2005. His background as a clinician includes primarily orthopedic practice in private practice and hospital settings. During his years in clinical practice, he has been a clinical instructor for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students. As well, he has been active in the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) since 1991 and has been a delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for 15 years. Cam is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the PTA Program at Finlandia University. Included in his teaching responsibilities are courses in introduction to physical therapy, tests and measures, clinical orthopedics and geriatric physical therapy. And finally, Cam enjoys many activities including fishing, camping, skiing and playing hockey.

Hilary Sproule, BScPT, MHSA

Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE)

Hilary graduated from the University of Toronto in 1977 with a BS PT. She worked as a staff physical therapist and administrator in a variety of health care settings in Canada. Although her primary interest has been in pediatrics, Hilary has been a part of interdisciplinary teams treating adult neurological, cardiovascular, specialized orthopedics and respiratory patients. Hilary completed her masters in Health Administration in 1993 at the University of Alberta and worked as Administrative Director for Pediatrics at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. She is responsible for coordinating the clinical affiliations at Finlandia University. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in clinical preparation and special topics, functional anatomy, neurological rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Hilary dabbles in a variety of activities such as cross-country skiing, golfing, reading, gardening, watching hockey games and assisting in Boy Scout and destination imagination programs.

Geri Hawley, BS, PTA


Geri was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has spent most of her life in the U.P.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 1979 and returned to MTU in 1988 to complete her teaching certificate in secondary education.  After working in various jobs around the country, utilizing her science and education background, she settled "home" in Ontonagon, Michigan.  In 1997, she enrolled in the newly established Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Soumi College, and in 1998 became a member of its first graduating class.  Since graduation, she has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant, gaining experience in varied settings, such as acute care, out-patient, long term care, home health, and pediatrics.  Geri has been teaching at Finlandia in the PTA Program since the fall of 2005. She enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, boating, outdoor sports and reading.  She volunteers at her church by teaching religious education classes and helping with fund raisers and church functions.  She currently resides in Ontonagon with her husband John. They have two sons, Kyle and Eric, who currently live and work out of the area.

Anne E. Halgren

Administrative Assistant

Anne comes to the PTA Program with over 30 years of clerical experience. Her responsibilities include assisting with the coordination of PTA program activities, providing administrative assistance to the Program Director, ACCE (Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education), PTA faculty and students. She enjoys the interaction of the PTA Department personnel, clinical faculty and students. Anne's leisure time activities include walking, reading, scooping snow, and spending time with her 3 grandchildren. Anne was born and raised in Hancock.